A total of 12 technical institutes in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Volta Regions were yesterday presented with 35-seater buses valued at GH¢1,050,000 by the President.
The beneficiary institutes are Tema Technical Institute, Ada Technical Institute, Accra Technical Training Institute, and the Sacred Heart Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra Region, the Kikam Technical Institute and the Takoradi Technical Institute from the Western Region.
The rest are Asuansi Technical Institute and the Cape Coast Technical Institute in the Central Region as well as the Kpando Technical Institute, Have Technical Institute, Camboni Technical and Vocational Institute and the Anlo Technical Institute, all in the Volta Region.
At the handing over ceremony, President Kufuor announced the establishment of science laboratories at Half Assini in the Western Region and the Asuansi Technical Institute in the Central Region which is the first technical school to be established in West Africa in 1921.
The funding of the two laboratories, he said, was from Tullow Oil Ghana Limited, one of the companies involved in the oil find.
He expressed the government’s commitment to establish a technical and vocational training institutes in every district of the country.
He explained that the country would not make much progress without adequate attention being paid to technical and vocational education training (TVET).
President Kufuor further noted that technical and vocational training had not been appreciated by Ghanaians and stressed the need for TVET to work closely with the industrial sector.
He appealed to the beneficiary institutes not to misuse the vehicles adding that vehicles were the most misused facility in the country.
Use them as your own personal vehicles bought with your own money, he stressed.
The principal of the Takoradi Technical Institute, Mr John Boafo, on behalf of the beneficiary institutions expressed their appreciation to the President and indicated their commitment to use them for the intended purpose.